News has been leaked…

I can finally say that I am stepping out of retail and into a better job! Continue reading

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Dominick’s news…1 year later…

I’ve been bad at blogging but I’ll update everyone here!

I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to think about this day, but I was reminded by many former colleagues why October 10, 2013 will hold in everybody’s mind. That was, unfortunately, the day employees were pulled into the office and notified that Safeway was pulling out of the market by the beginning of 2014. Continue reading

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Diag and Beermiscuous

South Lakeview Neighbors hosted a follow-up meeting between Diag Bar and the neighbors in response to the November meeting, in which complaints were brought up against the Lakeview sports bar.
President Perry Castrovillari opened up the meeting by announcing that there are some new businesses that opened up in Lakeview and a few have closed.
Commander Voulgaris, 19th District, gave an update about the crime in the area, including the increase in Catalytic Converter thefts. He said that thieves are looking to see who is home and who isn’t. He is also now responsible for signing off on street fairs and parades. He encouraged neighbors that if they had any concerns about parades or festivals to contact him.
Paul Leamon, founder of Beermiscuous, a craft beer cafe which is getting ready to open in Lakeview at 2812 N. Lincoln Avenue. Leamon is hoping that the cafe will be one for people to come, use their computers inside or chat with friends while enjoying some craft beer.Beermiscuous will have retail-like hours. They have applied for 2 licenses, including being able to sell packaged beer. This is a BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) as they do not intend to add a kitchen. Leamon is introducing it as a gateway into South Lakeview. As was mentioned by Elizabeth Gomez from Alderman Waguespack’s office, since Beermiscuous won’t be selling food, they do not qualify for a sidewalk cafe permit. Leamon is hoping for around 60 seats on the inside for people to relax.

Eric and Ryan from Diag Bar and Grill came back up in front of the members to provide updates from the concerns of the neighbors. They have taken care of several issues including adding a new refuse bin in the alley, power-washing the alley, and fixing the sound system. Gomez also said that the office has only received one complaint since the November meeting. Diag owners were reminded of the trolley issue and have been dealing with them on an individual basis. Gomez stated that as the weather gets warmer, they will come back again to make sure things are moving forward not backwards. The alderman’s office does take compliments as well as complaints. Several neighbors have expressed their thanks to the owners of Diag for fixing most of the issues that were brought up at the previous meeting.
Former SLN President David Duggan was invited to speak to introduce his new book, Glimpses of Grace. His book is based on his personal faith journey from columns that he has written over the years.

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PT Job offer…

Granted it is part-time, but I have accepted an offer! It only came a month late, but I will be working at the CVS that I have mentioned before starting mid-February! Woo Hoo! Accepting this job will not stop me from job hunting any more, I will continue looking, but at least of the two interviews and a meeting that I finally accepted 2 of the 3. I’ll also be freelancing with the Chronicle, which is the school newspaper at Columbia. Continue reading

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Taizé 2014 Recap and Reflection

After being home nearly a week from Taizé and attempting to get back into a routine post trip, I’m thinking it is time for my reflection on Taizé. I covered just about everything in my blog post on Thursday. However, after the fact, it’s time to take a look at my visit as a whole. I’ve been getting many questions about my visit. I gave a birds eye view into my week in a nutshell (or a LONG nutshell): Wake up, Morning Prayer at 8:15, Breakfast after (~9), Scripture introduction (10), followed by small group by language. As was expected, not everyone spoke English, but enough of the young adults gathered spoke it enough for Brother Mikal to do our daily meetings in English. He would always pass out the readings in English as well as the native language of the young adults gathered.

Getting ready to start the Scripture Introductions

Getting ready to start the Scripture Introductions

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Taizé 2014

(Editor’s note: this was intended to post yesterday, but there were some minor technical glitches. Currently, it’s upper 40’s and raining here!)
Wouldn’t you know it, we woke up to frost on the grass and plants and ice on the walking paths on this Wednesday… LOL
I’m very happy that I made this journey! This week has kept me very busy from 8:15am to 9:30pm.
The day starts with morning prayer at 8:15. (The bells start going NUTS at 8:15 and morning prayer starts shortly after the final bell has rung, so around 8:25 or 8:30). Breakfast follows, then a scripture passage is introduced at 10 and to be discussed in small groups. That leads almost right into midday prayer. As with morning prayer, the bells ring at the listed start time of 12:20. After midday prayer comes lunch then either choir or personal time until 3, which is when we do work around the grounds.
I’ve been in the Cadole, or workshop, sorting and counting signs that were used during the meeting in Strasbourg over the holiday season. After work, we get a snack, which has been tea and some sort of biscuit. Then to workshops (which we haven’t had any yet…) or more free time until dinner at 7 and evening prayer at 8:30.
Friday and Saturday are the semi different services. Friday is the prayer around the cross, which almost feels like a Good Friday service except with the kissing of the cross. We put our foreheads on instead. Saturday is the service that is recorded and available to download as a podcast. It’s called Lichterfeier Aus Taizé, or in English: A Celebration of the Light of the Resurrection, which I think is similar to the monthly Taizé service at Ascension – Oak Park. Guess I will find out! :-)
I’ll add pictures upon my return from this trip.
As of when I left Chicago, it sounded like things were still a go for the new job. I have to check in when I get back.
A word to the wise, when trying to message me, I am 7 hours ahead of you in Chicago (6 on the east coast). Hope there is still snow to see when I fly back Monday evening.

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While I sit in St. Louis waiting for the next train, figured I would reflect on this trip and the previous one plus the upcoming one. Continue reading

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